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Morton Bast

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Which application of drones excites or terrifies you the most?

We're dedicating this week on TED.com to the buzz about autonomous drones, with their tremendous power to assist us and their entirely lethal power to harm us.

Throughout Drone Week, we're hoping to give a nuanced picture of the current state of intelligent machines. Looking to experts in the field for their hopes and fears, as well as their hard data, we're taking a look at what the future may bring.

We're also asking the broader TED Community to weigh in. Are drones on your mind? In what capacity? Are you more excited about their research and rescue capabilities or more terrified by their potential for strikes and surveillance? What about drones has truly sparked your imagination?


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  • Nov 23 2013: Yes I do support the Use of Drones both for intelligence and commercial use. For intelligence use, we can use them to help find criminals/wanted terrorist. Most importantly they save lives because with drones American platoons ill not have to try to take out one man. I also like how big business such as UPS or FedEx are going to plan to use drones.

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